An easy way would be to run over it a couple of times with a
D-9, but that would probably be expensive. In lieu of that,
you may use a sledge hammer to break it up, but that would not
be easy. A jackhammer isn't really easy, either. A bobcat
could probably deal with it fairly easily, by lifting at the
edges and getting it to crack and then break. The skid steer
would then allow you to haul it off to a vehicle fairly easily
This is concrete. Not much easy about it.
We sold our other house w/tub 2 years ago..been "without" since then.
We' ve been building this one for 1 1/2 yrs..the "aches" NEED a hot tub.
I'm not getting any younger..Glad the concrete is the last big job.
You can't beat a hot tub for relaxing and aches and pains. I never was in
one until three years ago, and now I wouldn't be without one. I hear people
poo pooing them, and I don't understand.
They really are great, and not a lot of upkeep.
Breaking an unreinforced slab is not difficult. You will need a large
sledge, say 16 lb, and a long (at least 6') steel pry bar. Just whacking the
slab on grade will be very difficult, the key is elevating it slightly off
the ground. That's where the prybar comes in. Stick it under a corner, use a
block of wood as a fulcrum and get it just an inch or two off grade. Have a
helper cram a board under there to hold it up. Whack. One blow with the
sledge will break it cleanly. The first break is the hardest - after that it
goes quickly. If the slab has an existing crack or 2, so much the better.
The most laborious part of the job is actually carting away the broken
chunks. Okay, I just noticed your name is Marcy. If you're a 98 lb. woman -
you might have a tough time getting enough leverage to elevate that slab.
Just remember the words of Archimedes ( I think ), give me a long enough
lever and I can move the world - or words to that effect. But what would he
use as a fulcrum? But I digress...
The moon could be used as a fulcrum,...with a long enough
lever. But then we get into the motion induced. Relative to
each other, which would be moving? The earth or the moon or
(probably) both? Relative to the sun, you would probably see
both move, the moon having the greatest deviation from
original position, the earth lesser. But if you were to brace
the moon against say Jupiter, then you could probably just
move the earth with the moon as a fulcrum. Or why not just
use Jupiter as the fulcrum? Of course that would vastly
increase the length needed for the lever,...
Breaking up a slab this size isn't all that hard, using a large sledge
hammer. The other problem is getting rid of the material. Depending
on where you are, that can be expensive. Are you sure you want to do
this? If the slab is in good shape, If possible, I'd consider other
possibilities, like using the area for something else, eg barbecue
Are you related to my wife? She says things like that all the time, usually
through the window from air conditioned comfort. ;-)
You got that right. It is easier to pay someone with a truck to break it up
and haul it away at one time. You can put it in the garbage one block at a
time, but it takes a couple of years to get rid of it all.
Excellent suggestion. One of those premade gazebos would probably fit over
it pretty good. Just be sure to anchor it.
And I nominate yours at #2.
I have never seen the Statue of Liberty, yet, I take other people's word for
it that it is there and exists. It takes a small brain not to listen to
others who have experiences outside our own. And to believe that just
because we haven't experienced something, that it is possible for others to
have done so.
I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I want to hire day laborers, or a person
for a specific job, I go there. They are not a referral agency, but if you
need some grunts, or a grunt with a truck, go there, and they are on the
Now, if you are paranoid type who can't just hire day laborers, it would be
advisable to go to an employment agency, or call a contractor. Be sure to
get their insurance certificate. Have them fill out an I-9 and W-2, or
1099. Have them sign a disclaimer. Be sure not to give out your address or
phone number, and don't touch them.
For others who are looking for a simple solution to a simple problem, just
look around in the obvious places. I even have a corner near my house where
two guys have put up posters saying "Man with truck will haul."
We also have a guy called "Spa Steve." He will buy all used spas, and pick
them up. I am sure he could recommend someone to clear the slab, too.
I'm sorry. Did you actually have something to offer this poster, or to add
to this conversation, or were you just trolling?
Last year I had to break out a small 2' x 3' step to pour a new patio. The
step was about 6" thick, but I figured it would be an easy task with a
sledge and/or a chisel. I weigh over 200 pounds and figured I could smash
that thing up easily. However, I spent an afternoon beating the heck out of
that small step and the best I could achieve was to chip off the corners.
So, the next day I rented an electric jackhammer. Again, I expected the
jackhammer to pulverize the slab, but it was a bit more work than I
expected. It's hard to describe, but there's a certain "trick" to using the
jackhammer. You kind of have to beat in a spot for a bit, move to the side,
and repeat. You're trying to create a fracture line across the concrete.
Eventually, it'll break at that point. Once I figured it out, I had the
step out in about 15 minutes. However, be aware that the jackhammer itself
is fairly heavy (60 pounds maybe?), so just moving it around takes some
A few months ago I rented a bobcat to do some landscape work. Part of the
project involved relocating a small 8x12 shed. I unbolted the shed from the
slab, jacked it up, and set it on 2x6 runners. I then used the bobcat to
pull the shed to the new location. It worked great.
With the shed gone, I now had a 8' x 12' slab to break up. I dug the bobcat
blade just under the edge of the slab, and slowly lifted it up. It was slow
going at first, just to get the slab to separate from the ground. But
eventually, the slab lifted and it got about 2' off the ground before it
cracked in the middle from it's own weight. I then continued lifting the
pieces up and cracking them that way. A cracked a couple of stubborn pieces
by flipping them over so they landed on other pieces of concrete. This
cracked them fairly easily. We were filling in a low spot anyway, so I used
the bobcat to bury the large concrete chunks, and later cover them with
Both my step and slab were unreinforced (no rebar). If the slabs had
contained rebar, I would tend to think the jackhammer would be the better
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